Overview On this course, you will gain a detailed knowledge of two fast-developing and exciting subject areas, as well as being able to choose modules according to your interests.
Criminology is concerned not just with crime, how it is defined, experienced and explained, but also with the different ways in which individuals and societies respond to it. It is an interdisciplinary area of study that draws on insights from sociology, social policy, law and the social sciences more generally.
Criminologists adopt different theoretical perspectives and use a range of research methods to increase our understanding of crime and criminal justice. They are interested in offenders (and how they are defined), in the victims of crime, in the social contexts in which crime and victimisation take place, and in ways of controlling crime - whether that is through changing social policies to do with housing, education and welfare, or through the work of specialist institutions like the police, probation and prison services.
Studying criminology with social policy will enable you to see crime, its causes and society's responses to it, in its wider social and global context. Social policy focuses on ways of intervening in complex social problems - poverty, inequality and discrimination - that may lead to offending. This course will broaden and deepen your understanding of crime as a social problem, and how we can respond to it most effectively.